Monday, March 26, 2012

Theology with Kathryn: EPC children's addition

I am the choir director at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. I direct the adult choir and I also do the children's music. Whenever I start to teach them a song about Jesus or any of the Bible people I try to make sure they know a little background on what they are singing about. For example they sang "Go Down Moses" so I taught them about Moses and how God sent him to set the people free from Pharaoh. We have also talked about Zacheaus in the tree and Jesus being born.

Well with Easter coming up in a couple of weeks we started to learn a little Easter song. I started out by asking the children what we are celebrating on Easter. They looked at me with somewhat blank expressions and I said, "I will give you a hint, it has nothing to do with Easter eggs or the Easter bunny." A few children then raised their hands so I pointed to one. This child said "We celebrate Easter because Jesus was born on Easter!" so I said "I think you are confusing Easter with Christmas, Jesus was born on Christmas." Then another child said "We celebrate Easter because that is when Jesus died!" and I said "Not quite, actually Jesus died a few days before Easter, and on Easter we are celebrating that he has risen from the dead!" At this point I was getting some very skeptical looks from these 3-7 year olds. One in particular, who has an awesome country accent, said: "BUT IF HE WAS DEAD, HOW DID HE COME BACK TO LIFE!!?!?!?!" so I said "Because God brought him back to life."

Then I asked them if they knew why Jesus died....I got a few "for us" from them and we talked about how Jesus died for our sins so that we could be saved. Then, and I don't remember how or why this happened but, we got onto the Holy Trinity! So here I am trying to explain to the 3-7 year old set about how the trinity is the Father, Son, and Holy we repeated several times what the trinity was and how they are three in one.

Pam, who is over the music program and plays piano for me during the children's music, said that every time the children asked another hard hitting, complicated, question that my eyes got a little bigger! I finally had to kind of just move on into learning the song!

As hilarious as some of the things they said were, I am glad that I was afforded the opportunity to explain these things to them. I know they are being taught these things in Sunday School but when they are that age they really need to be hearing it from as many places as possible!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


My poor, sweet, precious has been an accident prone day! While playing at the chruch playground she was swinging in a big kid swing. I had been pushing her for a long time and it was scortching hot so I stopped the swing and said: "Ok Bella, now just slide out of the seat." She didn't budge or stop holding onto the chains, so I gently removed her hands and said again: "Bella slide on out." She did not "slide" out, it was not "gentle".....she totally face planted on the pebbles! I mean arms thrown out to her sides, flat on the ground. So screaming happened but she was unhurt and got over it as soon as I gave her some lemonade.

Now fast forward to about 5 o'clock, I woke Bella from her nap and carried her to the living room. She was extra droopy so I sat her in my wing chair and was waiting for her to get settled so I could cover her with a blanket, and wouldn't you know, she managed to lose her balance and fall out of the chair sideways with her arms and legs sprawled out! She started screaming immediately and I had to hold her and love on her for a long time to help her recover. Meanwhile Daniel was trying not to laugh out loud at her, because sadly enough, the way she fell looked absolutely hilarious!

All in all though we had a really fun day together playing at the park and kicking a red ball is some photo proof!

Good form Bella! Good form!

Daddy looking extra excited to be playing ball!

Bella and daddy running and kicking together! So precious! Look at Bella's happy face!

Now for the extra gross, mommy needs a shower, shot! Atleast we were having a fun picnic!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Papaw and Bella

I just wanted to share a couple of sweet pictures of my sweet dad and daughter!
Look! Aren't they cute?
Love these two! This is an awesome picture of dad especially!
Dad looks pre-occupied, Sesame Street will do that to you!

I am counting my blessings today that I have this sweet girl and that my dad is starting to recover from his deep depression! God is good and HIS love endures forever!

An Awkward Moment

I had the wonderful good fortune to meet my sister-in-law Jeneva for lunch today. We decided to meet at the Olive Garden. We had a wonderful meal and wonderful conversation. As out lunch date was coming to an end we both needed to go to the restroom. I told her to go ahead and go first and I would stay with our things and then we could switch. I sat and waited for her then we switched, on my return from the restroom I walked around the corner and saw that an unfamiliar woman wass sitting in my spot at the table talking to Jeneva. I thought maybe this woman was from Jeneva's work or church...boy was I wrong.

It turns out that this woman was sitting at the table across from us and had overheard mine and Jeneva's discussion about relationships. Well, this lady apparently thought that Jeneva looked like a good person to talk to. I walked up not knowing what was being discussed but quickly found out that this woman had been talking to a man online and that the man had some, uhh, how shall I say, expectations for if they were to get in a relationship. Lets just say, the woman was talking about things that you would go to Romantic Escapades for.....YEAH, in public, to perfect strangers.....

Then she talked about the expectations she had set forth for the man and they weren't quit as terrifying but still a vast over share. The woman said that she was very turned off by the man's requests, I said "you need to go with your gut on that" as I reach over her to retrieve my purse! I very quickly gathered up my things and poor 7 month pregnant Jeneva got up and we started walking quickly out of the place!

We were not even out of the building before Jeneva was gaffawing and I was saying "Was that for real?  Did that really happen???"

Oh and did I mention that this woman had terrifying eyebrows that looked like Captian hook's out of  the movie Hook? This just made the awkward discussion even more terrifying!

Monday, March 19, 2012

I'm Back!

My last blog post is dated July I have totally slacked with my blog. There have been so many huge life changing things happen since July 6th. But I don't think I want to live in the past by trying to tell about them all, because frankly, it's just too much! So, instead, I will share with you about what is happening today!

Today my dad had to go to the hospital to have some diagnostic tests run, we are praying that all the doctors find is arthritis, no terrible C word.

Today Bella and I had the best time doing something we saw on Pinterest! Now, I love Pinterest, but I have not actually done that many things I have seen on there. Today I decided to change that and actually live something I saw there! I decided to make liquid side walk chalk. It is really easy, it says 1 cup of corn startch to 1 cup water and then food coloring to make it your desired color. I made four small batches of 1/4 cup of corn startch and water then made blue, green, red, and purple "paints". We went outside and sat down and made a huge mess! Here is some proof!

Here is Bella! The sun is in her eyes but look what a cutie she is!

See that big blob of purple paint? Thats what happens with you just decided to dump the whole bowl out!
Here is daddy Daniel....doesn't he look thrilled to be seeing this hot mess???? This project is prob not best for a toddlar with a super stressed parent, you have to go into it knowing that there WILL be a mess!
That is supposed to be a butterfly....I tried!
There is my girl! Red in the face, painted all over, and so, SO, happy to be doing her thing!

All and all we have had a blessed and fun morning. Sweet Daniel made us delicious pancakes before we went out for our paint session on the porch!

I hope you all are having a blessed day as well!